Test Information for Licensure

The state of Illinois requires that a passing score on the tests listed below be posted in your Educator Licensure Information System Account (ELIS) before you can be awarded a Professional Educator License (PEL). You are responsible of all testing fees.

 Before Applying to the TEP Create an Educator Licensure Information (ELIS) Account 

View the following "How To" videos on the ISBE website listed below:

Test #1: Before Applying to TEP = Test of Basic Skills

A passing score on a test of basic skills-defined as the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400), ACT Plus Writing, or SAT must be posted to your ELIS account before you apply to the TEP. Test of basic skills scores are valid indefinitely. Cost = between $12.00 - $100.00.

Test #2: Semester Before Student Teaching = Content Test

A passing score on the applicable content-area test(s) must be posted to your ELIS account by April 30 of the semester before student teaching in order to meet IWU and state student teaching requirements.  Content test scores are valid indefinitely. Cost = between $122.00 - $153.00

Test #3: During Student Teaching = edTPA

You will complete a Teaching Performance Assessment (edTPA) during your student teaching semester. A passing score on the edTPA must be posted to your ELIS account before your Professional Education License (PEL) can be awarded. EdTPA scores are valid indefinitely. Cost = $300.00

Endorsements

Endorsements are added to your initial PEL in the content area(s) in which you have completed an approved program or additional endorsement requirements. Endorsements are grade and content specific. Some  endorsements require a content test. See site below for information about endorsements.

Illinois Licensure, Endorsement, and Approval Requirements.

 

Updated February, 2017.